Tag: OWL 2019

The Shy Guy of Overwatch: Gyeong-mu “Yakpung” Jo

No one can really know what it’s like to be on the Overwatch stage unless they’ve been there. Like any other performance that is watched by so many people around the world, the pressure is on to ultimately make sure you don’t make a fool of yourself on a live broadcast, despite whether you suffer from stage fright or not. While some people can be charming on camera, some people have no interest in it at all. At the end of the day, it’s still a human being living and breathing right on your screen and it can be difficult for a lot of people to remember that.

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Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

True Defiance: Talking with Seung-hyun “Ivy” Lee and Joo-seong “Roky” Park

The Toronto Defiant have truly lived up to their name, finishing as the third seed in stage one and trouncing opponents that were otherwise seen as real threats. The true dark horse team of the league, having been built from a few unknowns along with seasoned players, no one was willing to predict how well they were going to do. Speculation turned into reality, and now heading into stage two Toronto continues in hopes of surprising everyone. Read more …

Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

Hammer Down: An Interview with Matthew “super” DeLisi

It seems that people forget that there are three California-based teams in Overwatch League.

I get it, the Valiant and the Gladiators are pretty fly, but there is a team that has been climbing the ranks, doing Northern California proud–the San Francisco Shock. It certainly helps that the team has great chemistry, great leadership, and solid tank play, especially from main tank player Matthew “super” DeLisi. Read more …

Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

Temple of Anubis Video Analysis – Stage One Finals

Stage One’s Final was easily the best Overwatch action of 2019 so far. Vancouver remain undefeated after the dust settled, but the San Francisco Shock pushed them to their absolute breaking point. If you’ve ever wondered how Overwatch League action plays out at the per-play and individual movement level, you’ll enjoy our video review of one of the better maps in the series.

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Matt Mulheran
Matt "Bjorn" Mulheran is a lifelong FPS player with a background in education and engineering. He harnesses his passion for teaching to break down complex game elements in Overwatch for the average player. He also spends his time as an analyst, producer and off-tank specialist.

OWL Stage One Playoffs: Vancouver Titans Take the Win

Vancouver Titans 4-3 San Francisco Shock

This weekend saw the culmination of the first stage of Overwatch League’s second season. Eight teams entered after finishing atop the standings during Stage One, but only one could be crowned winner and walk away with the lion’s share of the $500,000 on the line ($200,000 for 1st place). Every analyst saw this coming down to an inevitable Titans v Excelsior finish…they got that half right, as the Titans were there, but joined by the San Francisco Shock. Read more …

Austin White
Austin White is Overwatchscore’s senior beat writer, mostly covering the London Spitfire and Toronto Defiant. An avid esports fan and gamer, Austin spends his free time playing, watching, and writing about video games. You can find his articles both at Overwatchscore as well as EGF. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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OWL Power Rankings through February

End of February OWL Power Rankings

The season has kicked off with surprises all around. The new GOATS meta has adjusted the Power Rankings pretty quickly (and dramatically). No longer do teams with a collection of individually skilled players sit atop the standings. In Season Two the most important quality to have is cohesive communications.

Before the season started some of the teams which reigned supreme last year saw themselves on top of many analyst and fans power rankings. Those teams often succeeded so well due to their having very highly skilled individual players. This year, London, both Los Angeles teams, the San Francisco Shock, and even the Philly Fusion have struggled, despite having some of the most skilled rosters. NYXL still remains at the top of the standings, as their communications have been on point, while teams like Paris, Vancouver, and even Toronto have surprised due to their cohesive game-play.

So here’s the breakdown of how I see the league broken up at this time, and how that’s changed since the preseason. Read more …

Austin White
Austin White is Overwatchscore’s senior beat writer, mostly covering the London Spitfire and Toronto Defiant. An avid esports fan and gamer, Austin spends his free time playing, watching, and writing about video games. You can find his articles both at Overwatchscore as well as EGF. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Shanghai Dragons Team Preview

In the weeks leading up to the start of Overwatch League’s second season, we’ll be introducing you to each team and updating you on their rosters, staff, and history. 


The Shanghai Dragons have had it rough. A grand total of zero wins to forty losses in the inaugural season of Overwatch League solidified them as the worst team in the league. The off season was marked by a major restructure of the team: new coaches, new management, almost an entirely new roster from some of Contenders’ finest. And with nothing to lose, the Dragons are ready to take their crown.

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Billy
Billy "Korjubzot" Walker is a journalism student with a newfound passion for esports, based in Queensland, Australia. He spends most of his time playing RPGs, competitive shooters and platformers, and he always thanks his healers.

Overwatch League Schedule Changes: What’s New, What’s Not

Last week, the Overwatch League announced major changes to the league’s schedule for the 2019 season. With the introduction of eight new teams next year, adjustments to the schedule were inevitable. 40 games per team would have given us a staggering 400 OWL matches in the regular season alone. This may sound like a fantastic plan to viewers, especially during the offseason when many of us are starving for more high-level matches to watch, but it’s realistically untenable at best.

Thankfully, almost every one of the announced changes has the end result of ‘more Overwatch’. Taken together, they’re producing both more games and more opportunities for teams to excel in the postseason. Perhaps more importantly, they’re reducing the intense schedule that led to stress and illness for players in the 2018 season. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the changes, and just how different next season will (or won’t) be. Read more …

Rainee
Rainee's loves for both gaming and writing began in her childhood, mostly because they could both be done inside in the air conditioning. She is an alum of the University of Mississippi, recovering Junkrat one-trick, and chronic mom friend. Follow Rainee on Twitter!
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